Time flies when you're having fun, and kittens grow when you aren't looking. Sparky Tabasco is beginning to take on the appearance of a mature cat, though today she's just 3 1/2 months old. (Yes, Jo Banks, she's finally growing into those ears!) Sparky's middle name should be Houdini. Due to ongoing remodeling, she has escaped the safe confines of her small indoor world so many times I can't even count them. I've learned that prolonged periods of suspicious quiet mean one of two things: (1) Sparky is asleep, or (2) Sparky has found yet another way to escape (and send me into a panic!). Thank goodness Sparky's housemates nark on her whenever she sneaks outside. Shona, my Boxer, gets very concerned when Sparky escapes. In her best imitation of Timmy's-in-the-well, Shona comes running, whimpering anxiously for me to follow her, then dashing back outside to keep vigil over Sparky until I come to the rescue.
As everyone knows, the minute you try to catch a cat, they tease you by staying just out of reach. Thankfully, I've always trained my animals to come without fail when called, and Sparky is no exception. She comes a-running when I call her.
After all that unauthorized galavanting around, Sparky is usually tuckered out, so she finds a suitable place for a nap. If Christopher (my other cat and her surrogate parent) is around, she'll snuggle with him, as the below pictures attest. We won't mention the placement of Christopher's nose in the first picture!
Left to her own devices, however, Sparky has odd ideas on what constitutes a bed. Today she curled up on my dinner plate after I'd finished supper. When she was really tiny, she fell asleep on a hamburger patty I'd prepared for dinner. She's also fallen asleep in one of those plastic grocery bags. Window sills are another favored place. And she likes to bed down with the dogs, as the above picture shows. Currently, her favorite sleeping spot is on top of my printer. As you can see by the picture, she likes her new bed.
What about you? Does your cat sleep in weird places? Does your cat sleep in your bed? Alas, I cannot allow my cats or dogs in my bedroom or I'll wake up red-eyed and snuffling.